Hot Off the Press!

This was just announced yesterday by Stampin’ Up! I wanted you all to know this so you are ready to shop, shop, shop this coming week while quantities and deeper discount prices are in effect. You can call me, email me or go place your order though my online store

Coming Soon: Bonus Deals

June 26, 2015

Get ready, because June 30-August 3, we’re adding more items to the Clearance Rack and to Weekly Deals. Let your customers know about this chance to save up to 30% on even more Weekly Deals, or up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack (while supplies last). You’ll want to hurry, because Weekly Deals discounts will be available in limited quantities before the items return to retail prices.

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Here’s the Scoop

Handmade greeting card using Sprinkles of Life stamp set and Alphabet Rotary stampThe very first stamp set I ordered from the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog was the Sprinkles of Life (139971). Not only does it have some great sayings, not only does it cover a variety of occasions, but it also has a coordinating punch Tree Builder (138295)! To top it off, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 for each of these sets purchased to the Ronald McDonald House charity. This is a win-win every way you look at it.

Two of the stamps in the set make an ice cream cone. I created the greeting “Here’s the Scoop…” using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp (133769). There aren’t enough spaces to spell out the whole saying so I spelled out “Heres the”, stamped it, and then spelled out “Scoop”. I added the apostrophe and the dots with the Basic Black marker. I stamped “I Think You’re Great” from the stamp set by that name (wood – 138712, clear – 139868) on the inside. This set is designed to be used with the Kissing Technique. You ink up the ‘I think you’re great!’ stamp then stamp it on an uninked stamp to remove some of the ink before stamping it on paper.

I Think You're Great stamp set and Mint Macaron cardstock

To order any of the supplies I used on this card, click on the images below. They will take you to my online store. BTW…if you want to have a copy of the new catalog to caress and pour over with your own two hands, email me your phone number and best time to call you. I’ll call you to tell you how you can get the catalog totally free.

Time to Get Serious

I’ll admit it…I have been really lax about posting on my blog for quite some time now but I a turning over a new page. I will spend more time sharing ideas and tips with you and less playing Secret Society on my i-pad. After all, you are much more important to me than a silly game!

When Stampin’ Up! discontinued releasing new downloads on Tuesdays, I was quite disappointed and Tuesdays became a little less terrific. However, they still give us new Weekly Deals on Tuesdays. I created this treat bag with several of this week’s deals.

Treat Bag created with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Island Indigo card stock and treat bag thinlits

I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Not only can you use the treat bag to hold candy and cookies, it makes a really easy pocket card. You just cut a piece of cardstock to fit in the bag and stamp a greeting on it. The dies come with a variety of shapes in addition to the bag itself. The banner, ‘for you’, and the star are all part of the set. I like having texture on bigger expanses of cardstock so I used the Lucky Stars embossing folder on the front of the bag. The Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, the Lucky Stars embossing folder, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the gold ribbon are all part of this week’s Weekly Deals. Click on the image below to go order them while they are 15% off. Next Tuesday will be too late to get in on the bargain.

Weekly Deals for week of 6-23-15

Stampin’ Up! has come out with a Cotton Paper Assortment. Cotton paper is thinner than cardstock and works beautifully when making flowers with the Bouquet Bigz L die. It also makes a great treat bag. I used the Watermelon Wonder color to make the treat bag below. It did wrinkle slightly as I used the Lucky Stars embossing folder with it but I liked the effect. It looks like it is almost quilted. I just love the little bows cut from the Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper. The bow die is also part of the treat bag thinlits set.

Treat bag made with Watermelon Wonder Cotton Paper, Lucky Stars embossing folder, Treat Bag Thinlets, and Dazzling Diamonds Thinlits

Have I convinced you yet that you ‘need’ the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits yet?

Get a free 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog from me!

Get new 2015-2016 Catalog Free

Tomorrow the new 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live and we can start ordering from it. Get this new catalog from me for FREE now! How?

  • Email me your phone number and the best time to reach you so we can have a conversation about the new catalog.
  • Agree that I can contact you about three days after you receive the catalog to see if there is anything you want to order.

It’s that simple. On my initial call I’ll confirm that it is OK to contact you periodically and to get your address. Then I’ll mail you a catalog totally free to you. There are so many new items in the catalog that you really need to have this gem in your hands to pour through repeatedly. I look forward to hearing from you.

P.S. There is a small price increase on tamp sets, accessories, and cardstock that is being carried over to the new catalog. Tomorrow is the last day to order from the 2014-2015 catalog. If you want to avoid paying a higher price for your cardstock, reorder it today or tomorrow. Order online here or email me your order. All 12×12 packs of individual colors except Whisper White and Basic Black have already sold out. Going forward you will only be able to order 12×12 papers in assorted packs of 2 sheets of each color in a color family.

Family Reunion Page

Project Life Family Reunion Page

Pocket card using Something Borrowed designer series paper and So You stamp set

I’m finally getting some scrapbooking done, Project Life by Stampin’ Up! style. This style scrapbooking can be as easy as just putting pictures into pockets on the page and choosing pocket cards to add to the page but….it can be not so easy when you have both landscape and portrait style pictures of a single event. In the event above, I did not have any pictures that could be cropped to fit into the small rectangles so I created pocket cards to go in there. The card that says ”you make me smile” and the one saying ”love” are pieces of the soon to be retired Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (137785). I used stamps from the also retiring  So You stamp set (137165). Unfortunately both the designer series paper and the stamp set are already sold out.

The two cards saying “Family Reunion” were created with MDS. You can still get downloads through June 2 and even the MDS program itself. After that, the program and your downloads will still work. What you won’t have is print services through Stampin’ Up! and tech support from them. I discussed alternatives in this post.

The Project Life card set Everyday Adventure had only one of the 4X6 journaling  cards with the heart on it. I wanted to use that card for both of the journaling pockets so I printed one out with MDS as I had purchased the Everyday Adventure digital download. I highly recommend you purchase all the Project Life digital downloads while they are still available from Stampin’ Up!. After June 2, you will be able to get the existing Project Life by Stampin’ Up! pocket card digital downloads through Becky Higgins here.

Here are some reasons for having all the available digital downloads of Project Life cards:

  • You can print multiples of a particular card you like without having to purchase another set of cards.
  • You can add text to your digital cards before printing them out. This allows you to choose the font you want to use. This is particularly useful if you aren’t able to hand letter a variety of fonts. :o)
  • You can change the color of the card and edit some of the elements of the card.

By the way, you don’t have to have MDS to use the digital downloads. When you download them, choose ‘other applications’. They will work with any program that uses layers and .jpg and .png files. An example of such a program is Adobe Photoshop Elements. There are many more. You have just a couple more days to order digital downloads so go check out and download the ones you want but don’t have, especially Project Life downloads, here.

Stampin’ Up! Dropping MDS But…

Yes, Stampin’ Up! is no longer going to carry and support MDS. This is their latest update:

New Dates

To accommodate the Retired List promotion timeline, we have extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight (MT), June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9. If you need assistance with backing up your digital downloads, we recommend that you visit MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
Project Life

The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog posted on the ProjectLife.com website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off. For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store.
Future Updates

While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS or any of its associated products after June 2, 2015 or offer support for these products after June 9, 2015, we are working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.

This is a very sad thing for many who have loved MDS and digital design. However this is not the end! As long as your computer does not crash, you can still use MDS for digital crafting. You just can’t purchase new downloads or order digital prints from Stampin’ Up! You can order prints from other places like Snapfish, Office Depot to name a couple. Of course, you can still print your project out on your own printer. What will be missing is tech support if you have problems with the program or your computer crashes and you need to reinstall the program.

Here are some options to provide for these scenarios:

  • Back up your files to an external drive. Click here for discussion in mydigitalstudio.net on how to do this. The link will be valid only through midnight on June 9th when everything connected with MDS comes down at Stampin’ Up!
  • Download all your purchases also in the ‘other applications format’ so you can use them with any image application that uses layers and either .jpg or .png formats. Save these downloads on an external drive or disc.
  • MDS was created by StoryRock. StoryRock has another program, My Memories Suite, that is compatible with all the MDS files. StoryRock will even let you have MMS version 5 for free and help you transfer all your MDS files over to MMS. Go here for more information. You can still keep MDS and copy, not transfer, your files to MMS. Then you will be able to use both programs with MMS being a back up for MDS. There are a couple of differences like MMS does not have the capabilities of you printing cards at home and their commercial print options are a little different than MDS ones.

Remember that all the digital downloads including MDS are discounted 30% through June 2! Check them out here and round out your library while you can.

Last Week!

Link to the Stampin' Up! 2015 retirement lists

This is the last week to order retiring stamp sets and whatever retiring accessories are still left. Click on the image above to see them. It is also the last week to order from the Occasions seasonal catalog. Most of what is in that catalog will also not be available to order.

One of my demo friends compiled a list of the items from the Occasions catalog that have been included in the new 2015-2016 Annual catalog. Occasions Items carried in 2015 If you  are like me and have been wanting some of the items but were holding off until you knew if they would be available in the new catalog, I urge you to purchase them now. Most prices in the new annual catalog have been raised by 5 cents so that an item in the Occasions catalog that was $19.95 will be $20 when the new catalog is active. I want you to be able to take advantage of these savings so order this week!

Also know that the retiring stamp supplies are only guaranteed through May 26, after that they also will be on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis.

Finally, remember that My Digital Studio is being retired. Here is the latest update from Stampin’ Up! regarding the timeline for various parts of MDS being stopped.

We are excited to let you know that all of our MDS items will be included in the upcoming Retired List promotion from April 21-June 2, 2015. Digital downloads, software, and print products will all be discounted by 30 percent and are guaranteed to be available through the end of the promotion (MDS software discs are available while supplies last, where applicable).

Starting next week, Tuesday, April 21, everything in the MDS product line will be available for 30% off. Click the appropriate link below to get a full list of every item and to see the promotional pricing. Lists available in PDF and Excel Spreadsheet formats.

New Dates

To accommodate the Retired List promotion timeline, we have extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight (MT), June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9. If you need assistance with backing up your digital downloads, we recommend that you visit MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
Project Life

The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog posted on the ProjectLife.com website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off. For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store.
Future Updates

While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS or any of its associated products after June 2, 2015 or offer support for these products after June 9, 2015, we are working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.
We hope that you enjoy the Retired List promotion—and that the extended deadlines will be helpful to you as we phase out the MDS product line.

Be sure to watch for a blog post this week as to what you need to do to back up your MDS files.

Painted Blooms

Painted Blooms handstamped card

I needed a larger card to enclose something I needed to mail so this is what I came up with in less than 15 minutes. The piece of the beautiful Painted Blooms designer series paper was laying on my desk, a reject from a previous project. It was the perfect size for this card made from a full sheet of Wild Wasabi cardstock. I had a square of Gold Glimmer Paper laying on my Big Shot table that was just the right size for cutting out the butterfly which I added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I tied a Blackberry Bliss bow using the ‘fork’ method and added it at the bottom of the designer series paper with glue dots.

A beautiful thing about using photopolymer stamps is that you can see exactly where you are going to stamp and you can line them up perfectly on one acrylic block. The greeting is composed of two stamps from the Work of Art stamp set. I love the combination of the two fonts!

The beautiful Painted Blossoms designer series paper will not be in the new annual catalog so you have until June 2nd to stock up on it.

This month is also the time that many Stampin’ Up! stamps and other products are being retired to make room for new, exciting product. The supply of retiring stamp sets is guaranteed until May 26 but all other items are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis, are discounted up to 50% and are beginning to sell out quickly. Go check out the retiring items now and order them while you can. My online store is here

To order the supplies I used in this card, click on the images below.

 

Retirement List Help

Link to the Stampin' Up! 2015 retirement lists

Have you been to the Stampin’ Up! site to see the retirement lists yet? If so you may be as frustrated as I am by the very small print. Click 2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the retirement list in large print and by page number and 2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the list in large print and in alphabetical order. Then click on the image above to order those things you want.

Warning:

The availability of stamps is guaranteed if you order by May 26 but accessories are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis and most of the 2013-2015 In Color papers, inks, and refill inks have already sold out. So have the Heart Collection Framelits. The packs of selected individual colors in 12 x 12 size are being discontinued and have also sold out already.

I highly recommend you waste no time in checking out the retirement lists and placing your orders now! When you do order, use the Hostess Code EURP4CUG and I will send you a free gift for ordering from my online store.

Last Day!

Free Shipping April 6-10

Today is the last day for free shipping from Stampin’ Up! Any size order qualifies for the free shipping except for Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. (The shipping charge for them is discounted all the time.) Now is the time to stock up on your supplies and order a few more items from your wish list. The 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring the end of May so be sure you have all the reinkers for those ink pads. Check out the Weekly Deals below and the Clearance rack to round out your order.images of the Weekly deals for 4-7-15